Google joins forces with Samsung to build Health Connect API
Category: #tech  By Pankaj Singh   Date: 2022-05-18
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Google joins forces with Samsung to build Health Connect API

Global tech behemoth, Google has recently announced that it is entering into a partnership with South Korean electronics corporation, Samsung to jointly work on building Health Connect, a centralized API that will empower developers to access the user health data securely and sync it across Android apps and devices.

It is important to note that the API would need approval from the user to begin the syncing process. Once permission is granted, the developers can leverage a set of centralized APIs to share fitness and health data across devices and apps.

According to Google, it is entering into collaboration with Samsung to make the connectivity between health and fitness apps simple while delivering centralized privacy controls to the users of Android.

In an early access test program, the tech and search behemoth is already functioning with several developers, including MyFitnessPal, Withings, and Leap Fitness.

Samsung's Health app, Fitbit and Google Fit, will be restructured to use Health Connect APIs.

It works so that Health Connect aids common data types across health and fitness apps. Once the user gives permission, apps can securely read the fitness data to access the information.

Google claims that it will provide granular and privacy controls to users that will tell them which apps have access and which are requesting the data.

The data accessed via the Health Connect API will stay on the users' devices and be encrypted. Users will be provided an option to turn off access to apps or prioritize some data while using multiple apps.

Lately, the search engine giant has been making new product advancements. Recently, Google launched the Pixel 6a at its I/O 2022 event. It also baited about the design of Pixel 7 and 7 Pro during the event. The firm confirmed that the product would be debuting in 13 countries without disclosing any names.

Source Credit - https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/technology/google-and-samsung-partners-to-let-developers-sync-fitness-data-across-android-apps-8516691.html

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